This book charts the French colonial war in Algeria between 1830 and 1871.
This period was marked by fierce military encounters between the French army and Algerian resistance in diverse parts of the country. Each of the chapters from two to six focuses on a different phase of such a conflict. Chapters one and seven look at the general issues of colonisation, mainly its foundations and impact.
This book relies in very large measure on the accounts of the participants in the war, including officers and soldiers, which have been mostly translated from French. These participants are given ample room to tell us their experiences. This is one of the unique contributions of this work other than informing us about this phase of history that is generally little known.
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About the Author
Dr Salah Eddine Al-Djazairi lectured and researched at the University of Constantine in Algeria for more than ten years. He also tutored at the Department of Geography of the University of Manchester, and worked as a research assistant at UMIST (Manchester) in the field of History of Science. He has published many academic works. Publications in scientific journals include papers on environmental degradation and desertification as well as papers on politics and change in North Africa, and problems of economic and social development. He has also contributed historical entries to various encyclopaedias such as the Columbia Gazetteer, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Francophone Studies, and the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. The largest written contribution by the author has been on the subject of Muslim science and civilisation.